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How Much Does Costa Rica Cost?

A week of vacation in Costa Rica costs between $600 and $1,100 for an average traveler staying in mid-priced hotels, lodges or rental houses and doing standard tours.  Beachfront accommodations and high dollar activities like deep sea fishing will quickly push the budget over $2,500.  On the other end of the spectrum, backpackers can spend as little as $220 a week for a dorm room and plate of beans.

The descriptions below give a good general idea of how much it will cost to travel in Costa Rica in 2016/2017.  The average per day costs include food, lodging, activities and transportation within Costa Rica.  The costs per person per day or per week do NOT include airfare.

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Manuel Antonio

The beaches and wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park make it one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica

The jewel of the Pacific, Manuel Antonio, is undoubtedly one of the best of Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park

A beach at Manuel Antonio
A beach at Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio national park is not only very easy to get to and easy to stay near, it’s also one of the easiest places in Costa Rica to see wildlife.  This tiny park is one of the last places you can see virgin Pacific coastal lowland rainforest outside Corcovado National Park and the only place you can see it then return to luxury lodgings and your choice of fine restaurants.

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The Best Time to Visit Costa Rica

The best time to visit Costa Rica is January after the holiday peak season tourist crowds head home and prices drop.  The rains end in December but the rainforests remain lush into the new year while dry sunny weather prevails on the beaches.

It’s one of the best times for wildlife when tropical species like monkeys and sloths are joined by migrant birds from the north, humpback whales giving birth in the warm waters, and sea turtles nesting on shore.

Another excellent answer to the question “when is the best time to go to Costa Rica?” would be July and August when there’s a bit more rain but even fewer visitors and lower prices.  In fact there’s no bad time to go.  It really depends on what your travel goals and priorities are.

Chart of the best times to visit Costa Rica
This graph shows relative costs, amount of rainfall and size of the crowds to help determine when to take your vacation.

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